A team of 14 instructors are spending two weeks teaching in the United States Sports Academy’s new pilot program, which is retraining 1,000 of Malaysia’s physical education teachers.

Academy instructor Barbara Wise (front row, center) with some of her Malaysian students who made matching red shirts to wear in class.

The Academy’s group of experienced physical education teachers is taking part in a “surge” from Dec. 1 to Dec. 9 and will teach fitness and facilities management courses that will wrap up the six-month program. The Academy sent a group of 13 educators on a three-week “surge” starting July 25 to help jump start the new pilot program. The Academy has had seven full-time sports university faculty members who have been teaching courses in Malaysia since June 20.

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE) approved the pilot program, which ends in mid-December. The courses are taught in six different locations throughout the country, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia.

Leading the program in Malaysia is Dr. Dale Reeves, who has taught and coached basketball, football and softball at the high school level for about 35 years and who received his doctorate in Sports Management in 2002 from the Academy.

Barbara Wise, who also participated in the first surge in July, says she is looking forward to returning to instruct the Malaysian teachers. Wise earned her master’s in Sports Medicine from the Academy in 2006 and is now working on her doctorate.

“They really wanted the information we are presenting and excited to learn it,” Wise said. “It’s a very unique experience and reminded me why I love to teach.”

It is anticipated that the International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS) program may expand into a five-year effort and include the retraining of 50,000 Malaysian teachers. The Academy’s faculty developed the 10-course diploma program to teach in Malaysia, which was approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA), a national accrediting body.

The Academy’s relationship with Malaysia spans several decades with its first sports education programs beginning in 1981. The Academy has also delivered its International Certificate in Sports Management (ICSM) and International Certificate in Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs through the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Malaysia.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who first coached track and field in the country when it gained independence in the late 1950s, says he is confident Malaysia’s newly trained teachers will have a positive impact on the country’s sports programs for youth.

“We are retraining them in the area of sport to help build interscholastic sports programs, which are key to the American sports system,” he said. “Having coached there years ago, I know Malaysia has great talent and it has been fun to work with its educators and young people.”

If you are interested in teaching opportunities overseas in Malaysia or elsewhere with the Academy, please forward a letter of interest, résumé, and three professional references to jobs@ussa.edu; or to United States Sports Academy, Attention: Dean of Administration and Finance, One Academy Drive, Daphne, AL 36526; or fax it to  251-621-2527.